8 Beginner-Friendly Places to Mountain Bike Near Vancouver

mountain bikers on a trail in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism

The Vancouver area is known around the world as a mountain biking destination. Since the late 80s and 90s, local riders and trail builders have been at the forefront of the mountain bike scene. That means Vancouver has lots of gnarly trails for expert riders. But if you’re just starting out, don’t be intimidated: there are tons of beginner-friendly trails in the Vancouver area too. Here’s run-down on some local riding areas.

 

Getting Started

If you need a bike, one of Vancouver’s many bike stores or rental shops can help you out. Before you hit the trails, make sure to pack water, snacks, a first aid kit, and bike repair supplies including a spare tube and a pump. British Columbia law requires you to wear a helmet, but really that’s just common sense when you’re bombing down a mountain on two wheels! 

Mountain bike trail networks can be confusing with lots of junctions. To figure out where you’re going (and avoid scary double black diamond terrain), download the Trailforks app. It’s got maps and updated conditions for all the local trails. 

 

Mount Fromme

Nestled next to Grouse Mountain, Mount Fromme often gets overlooked by its more famous neighbour. But hidden in the forest, you’ll find lots of great mountain bike trails. Beginners should try the blue-rated Bobsled Trail. 

 

Grouse Mountain

If you want to make the learning process a little easier, head up to Grouse Mountain to rent one of their pedal-assisted e-mountain bikes. They’ve got two mellow trails to explore, or you can go on a tour to learn from a pro.

Mountain bikers on a rock slab at Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, BC

Photo Credit: Tourism Vancouver / Devin Manky

 

Mount Seymour

Many of the steep trails on Mount Seymour are best left for expert riders, but it’s still a worthwhile destination for novices. The intermediate Bridle Path trail snaking across the flank of the mountain is a great cross-country style route.

 

Burnaby Mountain

The treed slopes of Burnaby Mountain below SFU are home to a good selection of beginner and intermediate bike trails. For XC riding, try the blue-rated Mel’s Trail with its moderate ascents and descents.

 

Delta Watershed Park

The suburb of Delta isn’t known for its mountains, but it still has some great mountain biking in Watershed Park. There are tons of green and blue trails, making it an ideal destination for kids or beginners. Local favourites include Shed Line and Goats Trail.

 

Burke Mountain

Head to Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain for some great trails. The lower part of the mountain has lots of blue-rated trails, while experts head to the black diamond routes higher up. New riders should check out the Garbage and Overtime trails.

 

Squamish

The Squamish area has enough mountain bike trails to keep you occupied for months! Beginners should check out the Alice Lake area which has lots of flowy singletrack. 50 Shades of Green is a popular trail. 

 

Whistler

Riders from all over the world head to Whistler’s famous bike park. You can ride the lifts up, then cruise down. With routes from easy green to expert-level double black diamond, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a more mellow alternative to the bike park, head to Lost Lake Park. The maze of green and blue-rated trails allows for endless loops.

Mountain bikers descend a curve in the mountain bike park in Whistler, BC

Photo credit: WhistlerBlackcomb.com

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